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Meeting at its 2013 winter meeting near Orlando, FL, last month, the MTD Executive Board renewed its support for America’s troops and veterans:

“The men and women who build, crew and load America’s merchant vessels understand what it means to answer the call of duty. That is why the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO has the utmost respect for those who wear the uniforms of the nation’s armed services.

“No matter where they may serve around the world, these Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardsmen are keeping protecting the nation’s vital interests while keeping the folks back home safe. We thank them for their commitment to serve.

“The MTD also salutes those who are among the ranks of veterans. They may have served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan or somewhere else, or during a time of relative peace, they were willing to place their lives on the line in sacrifice for others.

“Now, as the war in Afghanistan is winding down, those in uniform and those who were discharged recently face another battle: securing a job so they may return to a normal life at home. As America climbs out of the economic downturn, we must not forget those who placed country first.

“The MTD is proud to be a member of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council, which fights for and supports programs for veterans and their families. We will continue to work with the Council to improve the quality of life for veterans.

“As in years past, the MTD, its affiliates and its Port Maritime Councils expresses our appreciation for the men and women of America’s armed forces. We continue to pray for your safe return home to those who love you. And we once again thank all who have served and proudly call themselves Veterans.”